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2017 Oxford Human Rights Festival started with a full house
Ken Loach opened the 2017 Oxford Human Rights Festival with a screening of his award winning film I, Daniel Blake. The John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre was full, as students, staff and Oxford residents gathered to watch this hard hitting commentary on austerity and hear the Director himself talk about the making of the film and how it highlights what has become the norm for so many people in the UK. He started by saying “It’s quite interesting to be opening a festival on human rights with this film because we’re accustomed to thinking of human rights as being an issue in other countries. We’re accustomed to thinking of it in countries where there are dictatorships or where there is brutal government or where there are particular issues of oppre


Each event in the 2017 programme fit into our theme of HOME. We looked at indigenous rights, homelessness, and refugees and people displaced by war and conflict.

Tuesday 14th March 2017
Screening: I, Daniel Blake with Ken Loach

Wednesday 15th March 2017
Screening: They will have to kill us first
Screening: Rent Rebels

Thursday 16th March 2017
Screening + Talk: A - Z of Poverty
Screening: Queens of Syria with Oxford Brookes Documentary Club

Friday 17th March 2017
Screening: Leaving Greece + Boya Boya in collaboration with the Royal Anthropological Institute
Screening: American Honey

Saturday 18th March 2017
Screening: Utopia
Workshop: Sea of Humanity
Screening: Hector with Jake Gavin

Looking back at 2017
The 15th annual Oxford Human Rights Festival took place here at Oxford Brookes University from 14th to 18th March 2017, with the exhibition in the Glass Tank. As ever, the Festival brought together people of different backgrounds to participate in a culture-packed event. Through a selection of films, art and design, performances, talks and workshops, we aim to raise awareness of a range of human rights issues here in the UK and across the world. The festival is free and open to everyone. The theme of OxHRF2017 was HOME. What does home mean to you? Love? Security? Family? For millions of people across the world home is a fractured concept, somewhere they are fleeing from or fleeing to; somewhere temporary, unwelcoming, unsafe. We will explored this idea of home from the point of view of refugees, indigenous people, homeless people, as well as the students here in Oxford. You can meet the 2017 student committee on our people page and read what they have to say about home, human rights and the Festival on our blog.

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